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11081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts Covenant: Do i need to play the first game? on: August 01, 2006, 04:35:19 AM
SH:  C is better if you play the first, but it's not necessary.  Both games are fantastic, and I'd recommend playing either if you can.
11082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rediscovering Final Fantasy Tactics on: August 01, 2006, 04:34:07 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
I liked FFTA more than FFT... TA was more accessible and enjoyable, while Tactics takes 20-30 hours in prep (getting Gained JP Up and the basic classes for 10-12 seperate characters) before you can really dig in and play, else your characters are gimp and you lose bigtime.

10-12 characters?  Everyone's strategy is different, but there's no way I would try to use that many.  I've got 6 that I'm trying to specialize in a couple different jobs (my priest/mage combo rocks), plus Ramza & Delita.  That way I can keep all my support characters around the same level (currently between 14-16), and keep Ramza a few levels lower.  Since the main storyline battles adjust to Ramza's level, they aren't as brutal when he's a few lower and my other characters are higher (he's currently at 10).  I'll be in trouble, though, if I come up against a battle that involves Delita.  Since you can't use him in random battles, he's only around level 4.  Methinks he'll get whupped.

FWIW, I got all 6 characters with Gained JP up within the first 4 hours.
11083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rediscovering Final Fantasy Tactics on: August 01, 2006, 12:16:50 AM
Quote from: "semiconscious"
while among the minority of people who actually liked ffta (montblanc!) more than fft, i thoroughly enjoyed it, & imagine (& reviews seem to bear it out) that ffxii will be offering at least the same level of shakespearean-style character-developements & story complexities...

I actually enjoyed the combat system in FFTA more that FFT, mainly due to the fact that you could 'take back' moves if you didn't happen to judge a spell or ability range correctly.  I had a hard time connecting with the simplistic story though, mainly because of the age of the characters.  I put about 80 hours into FFTA until I realized there was a level cap.  Once a couple characters hit the cap, there just wasn't much of a point to keep playing.

FFT has one of the best stories I've seen in any game, which makes up for some of the combat shortcomings.
11084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rediscovering Final Fantasy Tactics on: July 31, 2006, 01:02:14 PM
Quote from: "ChaoZ"
I've tried to get into FFT twice, but never really got beyond the beginning. It too is part of my "I'll get back it" list.

I have to say though, if it takes 50 hours to realize the game is unpassable, I call it a very fundamental flaw in game design.

I'd say it was more my fault than the game design.  I ignored the 'Enemies are at the level of your main character' advice in the tutorial, and levelled my main guy way out ahead of all the others.   The game adjusted the enemy levels accordingly (just like it said it would), and I ended up getting my ass kicked.

I'm really looking forward to Jeanne D'Arc because it reminds me so much of FFT.

So did Stella Deus, and we all know how that turned out.  frown
11085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rediscovering Final Fantasy Tactics on: July 31, 2006, 04:46:46 AM
I had to send my new gaming computer back for a motherboard replacement on Friday, so I was looking for something else to play.  Nothing on the PS2 or XBox grabbed me, so I decided I'd fire up FFT again just to kill some time.  Somehow, I ended up putting over 14 hours into the game this weekend.    

Playing this game brings back all kids of good gaming memories.  It's one of those games that reminds me why I started this damn hobby in the first place.  There are very few games that have a combination of story, artwork, music, and gameplay that is as solid as FFT.   It is one of those game that I can sit down to play for a few minutes, and come out 8 bleary-eyed hours later.

Oddly, it actually took me 3 tries to get into FFT.  I bought it originally when it first came out, right after I finished FF VII.  I was expecting more of the same, and was sorely dissapointed in what the game actually was.  Sold it after a couple weeks, but then rebought it again on a whim about a year later.  I fared a little better, but for some reason I couldn't get past the 4th mission, so I scrapped it again.  I decided to give it one last try when it came out as a Greatest Hits...and absolutely fell in love with it.  Once I figured out the combat system, job system, and menu navigation, I was hooked.  I put nearly 65 hours into it, but realized about 50 hours in that I had gone about building my characters completely wrong (I levelled Ramza way above everyone else, so none of my support characters could handle the actual storyline battles).  I gave up before actually finishing, and it has been in my permanent 'I'll get to it someday' backlog for a couple years.  I did a ton of research before starting this time, so I may actually try to make it all the way through.

Sorry I'm rambling, but with all the next-gen games, mind-blowing graphics, pricely systems, etc., I find it somewhat refreshing that the best gaming weekend I've had in a long time has been with a simple PS1 strategy game that is nearly 10 years old.
11086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else noticing the lessening of fanboy bitch fights? on: July 30, 2006, 04:04:28 AM
Quote from: "Canuck"
But adding the entire RPG library of the GBA is a little bit much.  

Isn't VP just a straight port of the PS1 version?  How's that different than addiing GBA games?

but a rumored game?  That's pushing it! smile

Heh, I thought of that when I posted it.  Since the genre is so limited on both systems, rumors & speculation are really all we can go with at this point.  Besides, this is HOM-freaking-M III  we're talking about.   Tongue
11087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts on: July 30, 2006, 03:57:52 AM
If the Judgement Ring mechanic doesn't click with you, you're not going to enjoy the game.  Most all actions are based on it, so if you think it's 'clunky', may as well stop now.

doesn't have skippable animations

You at least have to play long enough to hear the 'Sea Mother' bit.  One of the most unintentionallly (I think) funny things I've ever heard in my 20+ years of gaming.
11088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Walk Away" by Kelly Clarkson is CATCHY and AWESOM on: July 29, 2006, 09:24:45 PM
Quote from: "Zero"
OK...providing the video again click here to see it, thank you YouTube!

Had to wait until I got home to watch the video.  Yep, that song pretty much sucks ass.
11089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else noticing the lessening of fanboy bitch fights? on: July 29, 2006, 07:55:47 PM
Quote from: "Canuck"
Fighting..............Tekken, Street Fighter A3 >>> DS (no entry?)
Puzzle................PSP Lumines = DS Tetris   ?
Sports................PSP (too many to list) > DS Tony Hawk, Madden
Action.................DS Sonic Rush, Viewtiful Joe, Castlevania > PSP GTA
RPG....................PSP Valkyrie Profile ? = DS M&L Partners in Time
Platformer...........DS Super Mario, SM64, Princess Peach > PSP Daxter
Racing.................PSP Ridge Racer, Burnout, NFS > DS Mario Kart
Shooter...............PSP Syphon Filter, SOCOM > DS Metroid Prime
Simulation...........PSP The Sims 2, Football Manager > DS The Sims 2
Strategy..............DS Advance Wars 2, AOM > PSP Worms, Field Commander
Strategy RPG.......PSP Generation of Chaos, Jeane D'Arc upcoming > (no entry from DS)
Wrestling.............PSP  WWE Smackdown > (no entry from DS)
Miscelaneous.......DS Pokemon, Wild World, Nintendogs >>> PSP ??

Ok there's my list of top games from each genre.  Have at me you dogs!

Fixed a few of these for you:

Puzzle................DS Meteos, Tetris > PSP Lumines

RPG....................DS M&L Partners in Time, the entire GBA RPG library , FF3, Xenosaga, & Baten Kaitos (upcoming)> PSP Valkyrie Profile

Strategy..............DS Advance Wars 2, AOM, Age of Empires > PSP Worms, Field Commander

Strategy RPG.......PSP Generation of Chaos, Jeane D'Arc upcoming > Disciples II (upcoming), HOMM3 (rumored)

I have owned both systems, and actually ended up selling them both because they were gathering dust.  I think as soon as we get a few more RPG & SRPG's for the DS, I'll break down and buy a DS Lite again.

I was tempted to pick up a PSP again for VP, but I know there's nothing else I would end up playing on it.  Especially since nearly every PSP RPG gets absoutely horrid reviews.
11090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Walk Away" by Kelly Clarkson is CATCHY and AWESOM on: July 29, 2006, 05:30:34 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
Then I go and buy her debut- STINKBOMB.

Her debut was called 'Stinkbomb'?  I think she needs a new marketing department.
11091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Walk Away" by Kelly Clarkson is CATCHY and AWESOM on: July 29, 2006, 04:33:43 PM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Quote from: "Gratch"
Paris Hilton & Kelly Clarkson musical praise both on the first page?  I have apparently entered bizzaro world...

The difference being Kelly Clarkson actually has some talent.

Clarkson is a pretty talented singer, but her music does nothing for me.  Sounds just like the rest of the bland, pre-manufactured, popppy tripe that passes for music nowadays.  Now, you kids get the fuck off my lawn.  slywink

Listen to the song and TELL me you don't bob your head to the beat. I DARE YOU!

OK, but I warn you I'd have to turn off my Jesus Lizard CD to do so.  Pretty much anything will pale in comparison.
11092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Walk Away" by Kelly Clarkson is CATCHY and AWESOM on: July 29, 2006, 03:49:43 PM
Paris Hilton & Kelly Clarkson musical praise both on the first page?  I have apparently entered bizzaro world...
11093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Behold the Blue Meanie! on: July 28, 2006, 07:01:13 PM
What's that blue thing...doing here?

/sorry, couldn't resist
11094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WEEEEEEKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEND PLAYLIST! 28/Jul/06 on: July 28, 2006, 06:58:17 PM
Just had to send my brand new gaming PC back the manufacturer for a motherboard replacement.  I'll be PC game-less for at least 3 weeks.  frown

For some reason I've got the urge to play FFX again, so maybe I'll pick that up on the way home.
11095  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 27, 2006, 11:54:09 PM
Someday when I have kids, I will get them this shirt:

11096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back! (kinda, sorta) on: July 27, 2006, 01:53:41 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
The next victimized movie will be The Fifth Element.

Hey, you leave Leeloo out of your sillyness!

Interesting concept, but in order for it to work, I think they need to stick with really bad B-movies.
11097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts on: July 27, 2006, 01:48:42 PM
The characters carried over from SH1 to 2, and the storylines are loosely connected.  You can certainly play through 2 without having played 1, but the emotional impact will be much greater if you've played through the first one.  They went a completely different direction with 3 (a completely wrong direction, imo), and there really isn't any carryover of the storyline.  

That said, I would highly recommend SH1.  It's a very fun game with great characters, a very involving storyline, and one of the best combat systems around.  The graphics are a bit dated, but it still looks good.  The 'alternate 1900's' is more a gimmick than anything historically based, but it does make things interesting.  It has an amazing soundtrack to boot (from Yasounori Mitsuda - the same guy that did the 'Chrono' series and Xenogears/Saga).  Just don't get creeped out by some of Yuri's behavior at the beginning of the game.  He gets better.  slywink

Now paging Depward...
11098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Serenity - Movie on: July 26, 2006, 02:23:26 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Mrs. Reynolds was a great character.

One of my favorite lines:  'Face it hubby, I'm really hot!'

Yes.  Yes, she was.
11099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / You must somehow defeat an orc on: July 25, 2006, 12:00:28 PM
Carrot pubes are not the best way to start one's morning.  Please pass the eye bleach.
11100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Serenity - Movie on: July 24, 2006, 06:27:06 PM
Quote from: "Autistic Angel"
I'm often leery of telling someone that they should definitely buy something, but Firefly is an incredibly easy recommendation for just about anyone.  If you liked the movie, I truly believe you're going to fall in love with the series.

+1.  I picked up Serenity on a whim, bought the DVD set the next day, and have watched every episode multiple times.  I'm not big on TV in general (Sci-fi on TV even less), but I was blown away by Firefly.  I can very easily say that it is - well, was - my favorite show ever broadcast on TV.

Of course, you will need to get ready to be horribly depressed after watching 'Objects in Space' and realizing that we will most likely never see anything new Firefly-related ever again.  frown

EDIT:  Serenity is basically a wrap-up for the series, since it never truly got a finale.  There are some small inconsistencies between the two (see spoiler below), but overall it ties together very well.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Some of Mal's interaction with Simon in the movie seemed way out of character, and didn't fit with what happened in the show.  Since when was Simon not considered part of the crew, as Mal tells him at the beginning of the movie?  Just picking nits, I know, but it sort of bugged me.
11101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Next Gen Star Wars Trailer on: July 23, 2006, 03:04:39 PM
As cool as that is, doesn't it scream 'pre-rendered cut scene' to anyone else?  If it's not...Ho.  Lee.  Shit.   :shock:
11102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DirecTV or Comcast Cable? on: July 22, 2006, 06:34:00 PM
I have Comcast cable.  I don't really watch much TV, so having umpteen million channels doesn't matter to me.  As long as I get the basic ones I watch most (ESPN 1 & 2, Fox Sports, Comedy Central, VH1, Food Network, Animal Planet, & Sci-Fi), then I'm fine.  Plus, they give me $15 off my broadband bill each month.
11103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ultimate...uh...Hide-an-Apartment on: July 22, 2006, 01:06:49 AM
I think that's pretty cool, actually.  I may have a different opinion if I lived there for any length of time, but the concept is neat.
11104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist 21/Jul/06? on: July 22, 2006, 12:53:08 AM
Quote from: "mikeg"
See if I can find a cheap copy of Diablo 2 since I never played it.

What?  Get thee to Tristam, forthwith!  DII is a blast, provided you enjoy hack-n-slash.

I might try to get through some more Oblivion, but running through the repetitive dungeons, fighting the same monsters, and doing the same FedEx/exteminator quests over and over is starting to bore me a bit.  Hopefully the main story line picks up a bit and makes things interesting (I'm about 30 hours in and have finished the Fighters Guild and done a couple of the gates)

I also might give HOMM V another try and see if I can convince myself I like it.
11105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Interesting EGM rumors - Square Enix Specific on: July 22, 2006, 12:43:03 AM
Quote from: "Farscry"
I'm really wondering how many other JRPG fans like me are out there.  That's going to be a big deciding factor for Square Enix as they decide what to do this generation.

I love JRPG's, but I'm in the same boat.  I simply won't be able to afford it.  Since most of the good RPG's come mid-late product life cycle (at least with the PS1 & PS2), I'm more than content to wait until the price drops.
11106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 21, 2006, 02:03:26 AM

11107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How much is your rent? on: July 19, 2006, 11:57:13 PM
$1,100 mortgage for 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 3000 sq ft on 1/3 acre in South Jordan (southern suburb of Salt Lake).

It is, however, interest only since we're planning on selling it in the next year or so.  If we switched it back to a fixed, it would be around $1,400/month.  Figured I'd use the money saved on the mortgage to get everything else paid off so I'm completely debt free when we look for a new place.
11108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Get this....Little Man breaks some records! on: July 19, 2006, 11:12:54 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Well, White Chicks did very well and Little Man just doubled Serenity's opening weekend so it's not really surprising that the Wayans' comedies continue to get the greenlight.

Some of that may have to do with the fact that I've see a 'Little Man' TV spot every single time I sit down in front of the TV, and saw maybe 1 promo for Serenity before it came out.   But that's neither here nor there.  I am wondering though, who in the hell pays to see this stuff?   I can't think of a single person I know that would be willing to lay down money to see 'Little Man'.   Maybe I'm just not the target demographic...

Serenity wasn't a good movie. Get over it. Stop using it as the poster child for "Wahhh, Hollywood doesn't like quality stuff" kthx.

I just picked Serenity because it is a personal fave.  Go ahead and say 'Garbage like Little Man gets greenlit, yet we'll never see (your own favorite movie that didn't get a sequel) 2' if it makes you feel better.  In Serenity's defense, however, I don't see many people clamoring for 'White Chicks 2'.
11109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Get this....Little Man breaks some records! on: July 18, 2006, 11:55:38 AM
Garbage like Little Man  gets greenlit, yet we'll never see Serenity 2.  Sometimes there is truly no justice in the world.  frown
11110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Interesting EGM rumors - Square Enix Specific on: July 18, 2006, 11:54:11 AM
Quote from: "Turtle"
By the way, they're making a FFVIII-2.  That's right, Squall, Rinoa, and the gang from one of the worst FF games are back.

And yes, just like FFX-2 they made some dumbass fanservice changes to characters.  Rinoa, in particular, now looks like a slut.

Not that her looking like a slut in an outfit is a bad thing, but all the time in game?  Come on.

FF must stand for fading funds or something.

I really enjoyed FF VIII as well.  The story and characters were great, the problem was the horrible battle system.  Having to spend half your game time drawing spells from enemies was a particularly bad idea.  If they could bring back the same group with a new combat model (and not go the Final-Fantasy-Dress-Up route they took with FFX-2), I'd be all over it.
11111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Interesting EGM rumors - Square Enix Specific on: July 18, 2006, 04:17:35 AM
Oh joy, more online games.  I can barely contain my excitement.  :roll:

Man, I miss the days of the incredible single-player Square RPG's.
11112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Titan Quest Glitches on: July 17, 2006, 03:36:27 AM
I ended up selling TQ because of a random hard lock that would reboot my system every time it happened.  It would also corrupt the save file and completely wipeout my quest log.   Even though I really enjoyed the game, I couldn't handle restarting for the 5th time, so I sold it.

I really wish I could have gotten it to run, as I was having a blast with it.  frown
11113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lamenting on the past - Favorite RPG of all time on: July 16, 2006, 08:53:10 PM
Quote from: "Blackadar"
Interesting there's no love for Diablo, which was considered a RPG when it came out.  
Neverwinter Nights - has this even been mentioned?

Both of these would be in my top 5.  NWN more for the expansions & user-made content than for the campaign that shipped with the original game.  I always forget Diablo II when the favorite RPG discussion comes up.  Since it leans more towards the 'action' end of the 'action-RPG', I tend to categorize it that way.
11114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazing Screw-On Head! Watch now and vote for more! on: July 16, 2006, 03:14:51 PM
That was fantastic, and I'd definately like to see more.  My favorite line:

'Pardon me if I say poppycock.'
'Then say it.'
11115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jean-Michel Cousteau rides a great white shark on: July 16, 2006, 02:53:21 AM
Wow.  That is the basic definition of insanity in my book.
11116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lamenting on the past - Favorite RPG of all time on: July 15, 2006, 06:39:55 PM
Icewind Dale was the perfect combination of action & story for me.  BGII & Planescape were both a bit too wordy and complex for my tastes, but ID got it just right.

Man, I need to play through that again.
11117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you playing this weekend? 07/14/06 on: July 15, 2006, 06:35:42 PM
Trying to finish the Fighter's Guild quests in Oblivion before I tackle the main storyline.
11118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lord of the Rings: Oblivion Announced on: July 14, 2006, 05:42:23 PM
will feature an original storyline derived from J.R.R. Tolkienís The Lord of the Rings novels under an agreement with EA.

That's sort of scary.   After the 'original story' they crapped out in Third Age, I'm not sure I trust EA to come up with anything decent in this department.
11119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: July 11, 2006, 05:40:23 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
Quote from: "Gratch"
Not a bad idea, but I highly doubt I've got any nasties.  I've only had the computer 3 days, and the only sites I've visited are OO, CG, manufacturer driver update sites, and the TQ forums.  I think it pretty unlikely that one of them would give my system a nasty.

What is this CG you speak of?   :wink:

Doh!  Old habits, and all that.
11120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: July 11, 2006, 01:58:23 PM
No worries Misguided, I appreciate it.    

I'm going to put it on the trading block for now, and maybe come back to it once they've had time to patch out some of the bugs.  I'm 15 hours into Oblivion (and just scratching the surface), a couple hours into Quake IV, and have been piddling around with AoE III.  So it's not like I'm hard up for something to play.  smile
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